D. Holly Hammonds is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, a Co-founder and Board member of GlobalWorks Foundation, and a Senior Advisor of Fontheim International, LLC.
Ms. Hammonds is an expert on global trade, labor and social compliance, and in the management of complex public policy risks, responsibilities and opportunities. She has extensive experience in government trade and national security positions, and in the private sector, including in the negotiation and implementation of trade agreements, the management of interagency and intergovernmental processes, the mediation of disputes, the management of multi-stakeholder initiatives, the development and implementation corporate social responsibility programs, and the practice of international trade law.
Currently, Ms. Hammonds advises companies and nongovernmental organizations on public policy and corporate social responsibility strategies and programs, with a special interest in challenges at the intersection of business, worker rights, gender equity, and inclusive development. She has worked with stakeholders in a range of sectors, including textiles and apparel, communications and technology, financial services, energy services, and food and agriculture.
In 2001, Ms. Hammonds co-founded GlobalWorks Foundation, dedicated to building broad-based alliances to promote inclusive development, with recent initiatives on labor relations, human rights, and gender equity in global value chains. Ms. Hammonds also serves on the oversight boards of two Central American compliance programs: the Honduras Labor Framework, a partnership launched in 2009 between one of the country’s largest private employers and one its largest union confederations; and the El Salvador Labor Framework, established in 2016. These Frameworks, involving legally enforceable agreements, on the ground training for workers and managers, and joint management-labor oversight mechanisms, have been endorsed by labor leaders and businesses and have received both private sector and US government financial support.
Ms. Hammonds previously has served as a senior staff member of the White House National Security and National Economic Councils, as a presidential appointee to the Board of Conciliators of the World Bank International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, as a negotiator in the Office of the United States Trade Representative, and as an attorney in private practice.
Ms. Hammonds has degrees from Yale Law School (JD) and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University (MPA). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has held fellowships with the Council on Foreign Relations, World Resources Institute, and Progressive Policy Institute.